A study of 495 major breaches of protected health information listed on a public federal government Web site during the past three years finds little improvement to the industry’s susceptibility to certain types of breaches. Hospitals and insurers, however, have reduced their major breaches.

The Health Information Trust Alliance, an industry stakeholder consortium known as HITRUST, conducted the study. The HHS Office for Civil Rights lists the major breaches, which have topped 500 since the study was done, and the study does not account for tens of thousands of smaller breaches. The 495 breaches that HITRUST looked at affected 21 million records and cost $4 billion, the group estimates.

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